Is phonics for adults 'infantilising'?

The method for teaching literacy, commonly used in primary schools, is set to become a key part of functional skills tuition in FE. Roshan Doug worries that its introduction will have an adverse effect on learners’ engagement


I could go to bed right now,” says Jordan, as he leans back in his chair in the classroom at City of Glasgow College.

Jordan is not disrupting the class. In fact, his declaration is met with enthusiastic nodding – not just from his classmates, but also from his teacher.

The 19-year-old has been asked to use “could” in a sentence – something he and his classmates struggle with. They are students on an adult-literacy course that uses phonics to teach them how to read and write – something that is set to become more commonplace across England following the introduction of phonics into the ...

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